Fri, Aug 07, 2009
Biometrics Will Be Used To Identify Airline Crews
TSA announced Wednesday it has set the standards for the
CrewPASS program, paving the way for nationwide expansion. CrewPASS
is an initiative that verifies flight crew identity through
biometrics, enhancing security and expediting the screening process
for all travelers.
"CrewPASS is an excellent example of public-private partnership
that expedites travel for flight crews, while increasing security
standards," said John Sammon, assistant administrator, TSA.
"Working together, TSA, ALPA, ARINC and others made CrewPASS a
success in its test phase, and soon it will be possible to put it
in place at airports nationwide," said ALPA President Capt. John
Prater. "As a result, the identity of U.S. pilots will be
positively verified and crewmembers will be expedited through
security screening checkpoints."
Eligible flight deck crewmembers will enter the secure area
via the exit lane of the security checkpoint after presenting their
airline-issued identification and another form of ID to
Transportation Security Officers (TSOs). An approved biometric will
also be used to enhance identity verification. TSOs will check
these credentials against the Cockpit Access Security System (CASS)
database, which includes a picture and other information to verify
the individual's employment status.
Flight deck crewmembers who utilize this program will also be
subject to random screening, observation by behavior detection
officers and other layers of security.
TSA's standards require CrewPASS service providers to, among
other things, include a biometric component in crewmember
credentials before requesting approval to expand the system to
additional U.S. airports.
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